Blog: Latino Ed Beat

Utah Universities See Growth in Latino Enrollment Despite Otherwise Stagnant Numbers

Numbers released Wednesday in Utah reveal a growth of 6.5 percent in Latino student enrollment. Source: Zaui via Wikimedia Commons

The Mormon church might have something to do with the mostly stagnant overall student population numbers at Utah universities, but according to preliminary fall figures released Wednesday Latino enrollment there has continued to grow. 

The Salt Lake Tribune published a story this week, indicating Utah’s system of public colleges and universities saw just a tenth of a percent increase in student enrollment — a welcome, though small, gain after blows some attribute to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints lowering its missionary age requirement in 2012. 

That slight increase is due in part to an increase in the number of Latino students. According to the article, growth among Hispanics has climbed 6.5 percent. Hispanics make up 13.4 percent of the state’s population. 

This isn’t the first time states have seen significant changes in their Latino post-secondary education enrollment. Last spring for the first time, the University of California admitted more Hispanic students than white students for its 2014 fall freshman class, Miriam Jordan of the Wall Street Journal reported. Latinos account for 28.8 percent of the 61,120 Californians admitted at the UC system’s nine undergraduate campuses — up from 27.6 percent in 2013, according to the article. Only 26.8 percent of students admitted were white.

Mark Hugo Lopez of the Pew Research Center shared Latino education statistics at the EWA Spanish-Language Media Convening last month. For more information on Hispanic higher education trends the organization is seeing, check out a recent blog post